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Poster: c-freedom Date: Mar 25, 2014 7:22am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: 1987- Video of the Grateful Dead

Grateful Dead - 1987 Summer Tribute

a lot of good stuff here including Jerry on sit down Pedal Steel about 13 minutes in.

I caught the JFK show-Philly and was not very impressed with Dylan.(a lot of potential unrealized-IMO)
Had much more fun at the Rainbow in North Carolina then on summer tour that year.
This is the beginning of the mega DEAD era shows.

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Poster: whirlwind dreamer 65-95 Date: Mar 25, 2014 11:15am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1987- Video of the Grateful Dead

87 was one great year for me,started at the hampton shows and continued on to the summer tour went to foxboro had a great time their weird all in one set was different then came dylan and the dead witch to me was a real treat jerry on pedal steel was awesome so was the setlist.after that show we trucked on down to roanoke.roanoke them to shows are probably my to favs of all time needless to say iwas 22 out on the road and electricly kool-aided out if ya know what i mean. lol the shows in roanoke was like being in a clubhouse with your favorite band and all ya kool friends the vibes were awesome at those shows,the whole place was electric.traveled back home to va.beach after the show tripping all the way indeed what along strange trip its been!kicked back for the rest of the summer gearing up for the fall tour first stop landover md.cap center shows were smokin!i was on the bus in hampton and now im camped out for 3 shows at the cap center mingled and partied with all the groovy folks who were camped there with us. the shows were great in my book.last stop in 87 for me was philly where i traded some paper for some killer opium!this show was truly pychedelic the spectrum was rockin! jus listen to spencer davis and jerry rockin gimme some lovin to open the second set.iwas off by then and on into china rider whoa just hang on! so for 87 i think i caught 9 shows as hampton in the spring was my first exp withe the dead live been a fan for years but 1987 changed my whole outlook on life. Forever now a true dead head! wwd 65-95

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Poster: c-freedom Date: Mar 26, 2014 3:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1987- Video of the Grateful Dead

Hey Whirlwind dreamer 65-95
Of everything on the east coast Summer of 87- Roanoke was my favorite. it was probably the last truly small venue I saw them play at until Europe 90 tour.
Yet after spending times in the deep woods and running around half -naked all day caked in mud and eating berries even the Dead scene seemed to be way more of civilization than I could manage.
But if I got to be civilized might as well be at a show!

My let down with Dylan was that I know he could sing his butt off when he gets inspired but for the J.F.K show in Philly he seemed like GARY from SpongeBob Squarepants.
I heard the JOEY from the Dylan/ Dead album and that was more what I was looking for from him near the end of the song where he sings. "The sun broke out on President street and the town of Brooklyn mourned..."
To be fair it seemed to me like he was just awakening from a long period of self-imposed isolation and I heard better reports on the West Coast Dylan/ Dead shows.
Also saw him do a Shelter from the Storm at one of his solo shows in the boonies of N.J.(Homedale) that was so powerful that heavy duty slam dancing broke out. I have no idea how he managed to get that vibe out of one of the mellowest tunes he ever wrote but it was powerful.

Rehersal with Dylan :I will be your Baby(Jerry -Pedal Steel)

1987 was a mixed year musically for the DEAD and truthfully that GARCIA was able to get his feet back under him so quickly is nothing short of a MIRACLE.
One of my favorite sets from 1987
(It was an express train!!)

I know what you are saying about that first year you make the plunge and just go for tour. Mine was 1985 and you are so right it colored everything after that has occurred in my life.
That show with Spencer Davis was amazing.
original Spencer Davis Group - Gimme Some Lovin'

1987 was also the year that Brent stepped up and really started to become a front man in the band.
Some folks are down on the later years of the Dead musically and otherwise but in my book it was still way better then the mainstream culture of the day by a Country mile.

Stills: Say, can I have some of your purple berries?
Crosby: Yes, I've been eating them for six or seven weeks now,
haven't got sick once.
Stills: Probably keep us both alive.
Wooden Ships-74

Chris Freedom